It’s that time of year again, summer holiday sketchbook!

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Street Art #87

Nice piece spotted by Matt at the junction of Mangle Street and Back Picadilly, Manchester.

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Wednesday WIP

Before I went away on holiday I ordered a little sample set of Peerless Watercolors from OliveMeArtsie on Etsy.  My mini palette arrived while I was away so of course I’ve been itching to try it out since I got back, and finally had some time this morning.

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I did a sheet of test swatches to get a better idea of the colours.

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Oh they’re lovely, aren’t they?  Let’s have a look at the palette and the swatches in the same light, you can see how dark and full of pigment the palette is.

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The range of colours is good, and the pigment is nice and strong so a little will go a long way.  I’m hugely impressed at the portability of this medium, and the possibility of making my sketch kit even smaller (I do like to downsize), but alas this travel palette as supplied is just a wee bit too big.

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Ideally I’d like it to fit into the little pocket at the back of my sketchbook, so it would need to be quite a bit smaller (as pictured below), which would mean it’d be a little thicker I suppose (as it would run to more than two sides), but definitely something to consider.

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A friend of mine is over in the US at the moment so she’s going to see if she can get me some full sets of Peerless Watercolor that I can play with and cut down to make my own custom palettes, but if she has no luck finding them I think I’ll see if OliveMeArtsie can oblige.

Sunday Sketchblog #137

Due back from my holiday today so I think it’s a good time to show the postcards I sent while I was in Orkney. All quite simple scenes from my trip, drawn in ink and then filled in with watercolour.












Street Art #86

Great wheelie bins spotted on Chevening Road, NW6.  Photo courtesy of Matt.

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Sunday Sketchblog #136

Right this minute I’m away in Orkney, and hopefully getting a chance to draw en plein air.  I’ll have plenty of sketches to show from my trip when I get back at the end of the month.  In the meantime here’s a gift I gave to my friends in Inverness when we stayed with them last week.  The drawing is based on a photograph of Marley I took during their visit here in May.  Cheeky blighter was in the house all of ten minutes before I found him in the bathroom sink!

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Street Art #85

Some work by ProPig which can be found on the pathway along the A50, between the Britannia Stadium and Heron Cross (Stoke-on Trent).  Photos courtesy of Matt.

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